Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highmark Back on the Mark against Blazers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Highmark Back on the Mark against Blazers

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St. Louis U.'s Scott Highmark called himself "non-existent for 34 minutes" of Thursday's loss to Massachusetts. He scored all 12 of his points in the final six minutes.

He looked quite different Saturday in SLU's 81-56 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.

Highmark put his muscle to use en route to 17 points and nine rebounds. He hit three of four shots inside 10 feet and six of six from the free throw line.

"I felt like I had to take the ball to the basket more today," Highmark said. "Against UMass, because they were so big, I stayed outside more, waiting for my shot. But my game is better if I take the ball to the hole and get to the free throw line."

Highmark said he and others in the oft-praised perimeter crew followed Thursday's loss by getting back to some basics.

Coach Charlie Spoonhour said H Waldman "was poking for steals and trying too much to make the big, crowd-pleasing play that night," Highmark said. "We were doing things we don't usually do. Myself and (Erwin) Claggett, too. We were trying to hit the big basket. Today was more typical of how we're supposed to play - just grind it out."

Billikens senior David Robinson had a swollen left knee after the game Saturday. He said efforts to drain the knee didn't help much.

"It's the first time since I've been playing that I've had a swollen knee," said Robinson, a senior. "It's from constantly falling on the ground for loose balls. That's the way I play, though, and I'm not going to change."

The Bills won't play at home again until Jan. 22 against Marquette. Their next four games come on the road, starting Wednesday at Iowa State.

"The next four games tell a lot about us, tell how tough we are," Highmark said. "They're going to be really tough. If we want to make the NCAA Tournament and to get a good seed, we need to play well. . . . But we're a senior team. We should be able to not get rattled."

Waldman isn't looking at the four games as anything demanding, because he isn't looking past the first one. …

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